2006 Tenuta San Guido "Sassicaia" Bolgheri
The 2006 Sassicaia may very well go down as one of the all-time great recent vintages for this Tuscan thoroughbred. The year started off very warm but by August evening temperatures had moderated, leaving the fruit with a stunning combination of ripeness, perfume, acidity and tannin. The wine is simply glorious, that's all there is to it. Layers of dark fruit meld into smoke, leather, violets, menthol, earthiness and tar as this profound wine opens up in the glass. The creamy, silky finish lasts an eternity, as waves of fruit caress the tannins with breathtaking elegance. Everything is in the right place in this magical Sassicaia. This is one for the ages. In a word: Awesome. (AG)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2006 Bolgheri Sassicaia is a stunning wine and the standout performer among these older vintages. In a sense, 2004 and 2006 are siblings. The 2004 vintage is the loud and boisterous brother and 2006 is the calmly collected, intellectual alternative. This wine possesses a deep sense of inner elegance that is transmitted into tiny, elegant pulses that form a steady and meaningful continuum. Those fluid tones of small berry, blue flower and toasted almond build in intensity and momentum. The wine shows energy and vertical propulsion. It also incorporates a distinctively pure and polished feel that comes forward with aromas of natural rubber, crushed granite and tarry smoke. These dark elements contribute to the overall complexity and depth of the wine. Perhaps the most significant aromatic characteristic of the 2006 Bolgheri Sassicaia is its inherent flower power. At this stage, the wine bursts forward with a bouquet of pressed violets, lavender and garden rose. Finely polished tannins and balanced acidity follow those delicate nuances. This is a subtle wine with ethereal traits that serve well for its longevity. (ML)
Sweet tobacco and berry with hints of currants. Full, soft and silky. Lots of fruit and a long finish. It's subtle, dense and sophisticated. Please give this another five years to really show what it has.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright red-ruby. Complex nose melds red cherry, blackcurrant, minerals, dried herbs and a delicate oaky vanillin nuance; the fruit aromas show an almost roasted quality without going over the top. Sweet, concentrated and nicely fresh, with an impression of strong extract and a hint of exotic fruits to the flavors of ripe red and dark berries, chocolate, plum and wild herbs. The candied fruit quality carries through on the long, smooth finish, where there's a trace of heat and hints of menthol and minerals. A very successful Sassicaia but, in my notebook, just a little below the lofty heights of the 2001 or 2004. But given the quality of this wine, that's quibbling. (IDA)
**Cellar Selection** This landmark wine (85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc) shows herbal notes of chopped mint, wild berry, licorice, bramble and forest floor. Tasted young, Sassicaia never has the same impact it will 10 or 15 years from now when all those luscious aromas become more penetrating and warm. Built to age, the wine boasts drying tannins, good acidity and firm structure.
Displays sweet tobacco, plum and berry aromas, with a jammy undertone, turning to licorice on the palate. Full-bodied and balanced, with silky tannins, a lovely texture and plenty of fruit. Outstanding Sassicaia, with structure and finesse. 85 percent Cabernet Sauvignon and 15 percent Cabernet Franc. Best after 2013. (JS)